Aberdeen City Archives & Aberdeenshire Archives

Town House, Broad Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1AQ
Old Aberdeen House, Dunbar Street, Aberdeen, AB24 3UJ

Town House: (01224) 522513
Old Aberdeen House: (01224) 481775


Town House – By prior appointment: Wednesday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm
Old Aberdeen House – By prior appointment: Monday to Wednesday, 9.30am to 4.30pm

Aberdeen City Archives provides public access to historical records relating to Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire at its Town House and Old Aberdeen search rooms. Among the sources available for family history are:

  • The oldest and most complete collection of burgh records in Scotland, dating back to 1398, which were recognised by UNESCO in 2013 as being of outstanding historical importance to the United Kingdom
  • Burial records for the main city cemeteries before circa 1900 (Town House)
  • School records including admission registers for almost 500 schools in the North East of Scotland (Old Aberdeen House)
  • Poor relief records including applications from individuals for support, covering the counties of the North East (excluding Aberdeen City) circa 1845-1929 (Old Aberdeen House)
  • Church records for the ‘City churches’ of the Church of Scotland, many of the congregational churches and a number of Episcopalian and Methodist congregations in both the City and Shire
  • Electoral Rolls, with gaps, for the City and other counties in the North East of Scotland (Town House and Old Aberdeen House)
  • Tax Lists listing inhabitants of the Burgh of Aberdeen from 1795-1860 (Town House)
  • Valuation Rolls listing properties and inhabitants of Aberdeen City and the other counties of the North East, with gaps, from 1855 – 1989 (Old Aberdeen House)